Can't believe that we have the chance to start travelling around Taiwan, somewhere other than Taipei in the 1st week that we are here! Thanks to my buddy Yu-Cheng, we got to visit his house at Taichung (台中)!
First time sitting a bus from Taipei Main Station (台北车站) to Chaoma (朝马), which is a slightly outskirt area in TaiChung. Their buses are equipped with TV screens and USB charging ports for us to charge our phones. There's even a toilet in the bus! I am impressed!
Taichung Wang Gao Liao Lookout Point (台中望高寮)
This lookout point right behind my buddy's house, so that was our first stop. We got to see the whole of TaiChung from up here.
It's a really nice place to just chill and hangout. Or paktor! haha.
Best of all? Entrance fee : F.O.C!
Spotted these 3 cute dogs that look like triplets with their owner. Dogs in Taiwan are so well behaved. Even stray ones!
Gaomei Wetlands (高美湿地)
The next day, the first place we went was 高美湿地. Gaomei Wetlands is a piece of land mixed with sand and soil textures.
|There have been many windmills that were destroyed by a typhoon.|
|Many crabs and mud skippers|
There's like a walkway for you to walk and at the end of it you can take your shoes off and experience the wetlands itself! No need to be too worried about your shoes, Taiwan is pretty safe. haha. But wearing slippers will be better.
If we have the chance to go again I think I will opt to go during the evening to catch the sunset!
Entrance fee: F.O.C!
Tunghai University - Luce Memorial Chapel (东海大学)
The infamous chapel located in Tunghai University. Many people just come and take pics of this quirky looking building. Apparently it still functions! Doubt a lot of people can fit in it though as it's quite small.
Taichung Rainbow Village (台中 彩虹眷村)
Story of this village: The Taiwanese government started tearing down veteran villages one by one. Then one of the last village resident, Mr Huang, decided to paint the village with really bright colours and filled it with animals, cartoons...etc. When it was discovered, students from a university nearby and other locals started to protest the gov's actions. Which led to this village being preserved and is now an attraction.
Okay to be honest I expected this place to be really big, turns out to be just a quaint little village. haha. Nonetheless, it's still very very pretty. Really in awe at how much work and effort this must have took!
Entrance fee? FOC again! Unbelievable right!?
Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)
Vistited this night market 2 years ago when I was here. It's the biggest night market in Taiwan. We were there on a Saturday night, which means super super super crowded! There's a lot of really nice boutiques selling nice and affordable clothes, but too bad didn't have much energy after a whole day of travelling.
Anyway, we had the very famous 明伦蛋饼, which is something like roti telur in my opinion. haha. Also had 刀割羊肉面 (lamb with noodles) and 酸辣汤 (sour + spicy soup). The noodles were delicious, the soup needed some getting used to, but it tastes good too after you're used to it. The texture is like shark fin's soup, and the vinegar taste is quite strong.
Bonus part of our trip was getting to see the night view of the place where the rich stays in Taichung. It's located right opposite the National Taichung Theater.
Overall Taichung was great! Would suggest spacing out the visits to the attractions in 2 days. This is so that you can save the night market for another day, instead of doing everything in one. We used the bus to travel in Taichung. Its really cheap and can even be free! Because you don't have to pay if you travel within 6km in Taichung, which is pretty much everywhere we went. Also, you may notice that all the attractions DO NOT have any entrance fee, which is awesome!
Hope to go back there some day, especially Fengjia Night Market for some shopping! :D